Internships in Sociology

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About the Internship Program

SOCI 4950: Practicum in Sociology is a course which allows students to earn credit for completion of 140 hours of internship work with a community agency. The goal of the internship is to afford students the opportunity to apply what they’ve learned in their Sociology courses to “real world” experiences, while gaining professional experience which will likely make them very competitive applicants upon graduation.  This course may count towards your Sociology electives, or towards concentration electives. Students should meet with their advisor to discuss how an internship bests fits into their graduation requirements and career goals. The commitment to the internship program is not to be taken lightly; students will likely invest as much or more time in completing the course requirements than in a typical, on-campus, face-to-face class.

Course Requirements

In addition to completing the required hours, students must also complete all written assignments, attend all class meetings (4 per semester), and write a final paper. (Sample syllabus)


To be eligible, students must be Sociology majors who have completed at least 15 semester units in Sociology and have a GPA of 2.5. An internship reflects on the department and ECU. We will not place students in an internship who we do not believe will reflect positively on the department, and all internships must be approved by Tracie Gardner, Internship Coordinator, the Undergraduate Director, and the Chair of the Department of Sociology.


Although the Department will do its best to place students in internships, there is no guarantee of a placement, even if a student qualifies.  The Department is also willing to consider creating new placements if there is a particular place of interest to a student. Some examples of previous placements include:

Pitt County District Attorney’s Office

Pitt County Public Defender’s Office

Bryan Crisp, Marriage and Family Therapist

Pitt County Family Violence Prevention center

Two Paths Crossing (Equine Therapy)

CareNet Counseling

Real Crisis Center

Boy’s and Girl’s Club

Food Bank

ECU Campus Kitchen

Mediation Center of Eastern North Carolina

Association of Mexicans in North Carolina


The Application Process

Students must complete a total of 140 hours, which averages 10 hours per week (not including Spring Break).

Agency partners will be asked to submit a mid-term evaluation of the student’s performance, as well as a final evaluation. All of these factors will be considered in computing the student’s final course grade.

  1. Attendance at Internship Information Session: Dates TBD for Fall semester
  2. Application and Resume: Each student must submit a professional resume by the stated deadline. Help is available at the Career Center:
  3. Interview with Dr. Tracie Gardner, Internship Coordinator: If the student’s resume meets the stated criteria, he or she will be invited to interview with Dr. Gardner to determine the type of placement in which the student is interested, qualifications for the placement, and to discuss any questions or concerns.
  4. Interview with the Agency Partner: Once a resume has been submitted to an agency partner, the student may be invited to interview with the agency partner. There is no guarantee the agency partner will select every student for an interview. These placements are often limited and therefore, highly competitive. If the agency partner selects you as a candidate, they will need to submit the required university documents

For more information, please contact:

Ms. Tracie Gardner, Internship Coordinator
Brewster A403
(252) 328-4838